[quote="Vincent1984, post:13, topic:245333"]
I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a lay hospital "chaplain" (though of course, chaplains must be priests) to know that sacraments are for the living. If someone doesn't know that, what else doesn't she know which would seem essential for her role?
If a person may be dead but may be living, conditional baptism is fitting, with explanation to those concerned of what is happening. If a person is undoubtedly long dead and it is clear to all concerned that the body is a corpe, baptism is not possible so should surely not be attempted.
a conditional baptism has no bearing on present case and refers only to baptism conferred on someone the facts of whose baptism are in doubt. Since the "lay chaplain" (an oxymoron as you rightly point out) is not a doctor and we don't know if death was formally pronounced she was probably right in giving the benefit of the doubt. We don't know, we weren't there and since the person is not a priest, nor a doctor, did the best she could under the circumstances.
God does not "do" anything to the baby who dies before baptism except to exten his love and mercy, in which we are obligated to trust.